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Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors
President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar

May 01, 2015

Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Science from the Start Kicks Off at the Sciencenter
Teachers working in a group.

May 01, 2015

Science from the Start workshops help adults engage their children ages 3-5 years in activities that promote science and STEM learning. Read More

 
Blog Post: Empowering Children through Poetry and Publishing
Teacher Sally Prickett poses with Kwame and one of her students.

Apr 30, 2015

The Calhoun County Library worked with Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander to provide students from local schools the chance to write and publish their own poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Read the First Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

Apr 24, 2015

Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Student Poets
Madeline LeCesne speaks at the podium at the White House.

Apr 24, 2015

From the White House to Buffalo, NY, the 2014 National Student Poets have been engaging communities with the gift of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Strong Museum Hosts Fit Kids Day
A young boy climbing a rock wall.

Apr 23, 2015

Nearly 5,000 museum guests went to The Strong to participate in physical activities, learn about healthy eating, and discover the long-term benefits of staying fit. Read More

 
Blog Post: Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs

Apr 22, 2015

IMLS, in partnership with Exploratorium, is working to bring STEM-learning resources to students engaged in after school programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mid-Continent Public Library
Jessica Ford and Connie Jones

Apr 17, 2015

At Mid-Continent Public Library, Connie Jones talks to colleague Jessica Ford, a former student at the Kansas City Elementary School where Connie was the librarian. Read More

 
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.

Apr 16, 2015

Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
Blog Post: Embarking on a Yogic Adventure at The Magic House
Children doing the yoga bridge pose

Apr 15, 2015

A seven-week program at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’ Museum, combined child-friendly yoga activities with art programming for adults and children to engage in physical exercise and enjoy special bonding time. Read More

 
Blog Post: You’re Invited! IMLS Focus National Digital Platform Twitter Chat

Apr 14, 2015

On April 20, IMLS will host a Twitter chat about the national digital platform, the theme of the April 28 IMLS Focus Convening. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museum, Library Investments in Digital are Paying Off
A man uses an iPad in an art gallery

Apr 13, 2015

A new report highlights examples and lessons learned from cultural institutions that are embracing digital media in their work. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank You for Sharing Your Stories
 2015FacebookAlbum

Apr 08, 2015

Over the past six weeks, hundreds of you have expressed gratitude and shared memories about the 2015 National Medal Finalists, and how these museums and libraries touch your lives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Be Smart: Check the Background of Your Financial Professional During CFTC’s SmartCheck Week
CFTC SmartCheck logo

Apr 06, 2015

During SmartCheck Week, April 6-12, 2015, you and your library customers can use the tools at SmartCheck.gov to check the background of financial professionals. Read More

 
Blog Post: What's Up with Seed Catalogs in BHL?
Cole's Garden Annual. 1892. From the BHL Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection.

Mar 30, 2015

Many Biodiversity Heritage Library partners are engaged in a variety of projects to digitize and improve access to the seed and nursery catalogs and lists in their collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative
Girl holding cabbage at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Mar 24, 2015

IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Training our Focus
IMLS Focus Dir Message 2015

Mar 18, 2015

We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
Blog Post: Hearing History
Photo of graphophone

Mar 18, 2015

The “Hear My Voice”: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound exhibit at the National Museum of American History used IRENE technology to make digital copies of some of the earliest sound recordings ever made. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digging Up an Appetite for Health at The New York Botanical Garden
Carla Hall receives help from an aspiring young chef for a delicious—and healthy!—broccoli pesto.

Mar 12, 2015

The New York Botanical Garden celebrated the 5th anniversary of Let’s! Move by hosting Carla Hall’s Culinary Kids Week in February. Children and families participated in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on edible gardening and healthy eating. Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking Note: More Resources for Arts Data-Miners
Delaware Art Museum by flickr user Jeffrey.

Mar 11, 2015

Federal agencies, like the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts, are making cultural heritage data readily available as a part of open data and open government initiatives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Continuing the Library and Museum Open Data Conversation
Participants in the IMLS board room during the Open Data Open House

Mar 10, 2015

In what we called an Open Data Open House, a cohort of data wonks, librarians, curators, researchers and developers shared ideas on the new IMLS data catalog and ways to use this data. Read More

 
Blog Post: Discovery à la Mode
Illustration by Rose O'Neill

Mar 09, 2015

A drawing by the American illustrator Rose O’Neill, a surprise discovery through an IMLS grant, is now on display at the Delaware Art Museum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Fitting the Pieces Together: Progress On Linked Data For Libraries
people in a conference room with their computers participating in the linked data conference.

Mar 04, 2015

A two-day workshop showcased examples of how libraries are using linked data and how it might aid patrons in the use of their libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: #NetGain: #NetGain: The Role of Libraries on the Web as a Public Good
Susan Crawford interviewing Tim Berners Lee

Mar 02, 2015

At the kick-off event for the NetGain Challenge, created to ensure that the web of the future is one that supports a broad public good, discussion often focused on the key central, civic, and social role of libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS and Open Government Initiatives
data.imls.gov homepage Screenshot

Feb 19, 2015

The principles of open government are critical to the mission of IMLS. Today’s launch of data.imls.gov will help unlock the power of government data to spur research and innovation. Read More

 
Blog Post: Maker Movement Takes Over Pittsburgh
Man holding stick participating in an activity.

Feb 13, 2015

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and IMLS co-hosted a convening of library and museum professionals from across the country to identify key elements of library and museum makerspaces that support learning.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Chicago Public Library
Marcia Trawinski and Dottie Gibson

Feb 12, 2015

Marcia Trawinski, long-time member of the Chicago Public Library, talks to her friend Dottie Gibson about how adaptive services for the visually impaired have improved her relationship with books and the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Heather Stephenson and Jeanne White

Feb 06, 2015

Ryan White was one of the first children to be diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, which he contracted from a medicine used to treat his hemophilia. At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a permanent exhibit—Ryan’s childhood room—educates visitors about Ryan’s life and AIDS. We hear from Ryan’s mom and close friend in this StoryCorps interview. Read More

 
Museums as Social Agents: Storytelling Aids Emotional Healing
Woman teaches teens how to create a book.

Feb 05, 2015

Sandy Spring Museum helped immigrant youth in their community tell their stories through words, photography, and art. Read More

 
Blog Post: Adult New Computer Users: A Glimpse into the Learner Path
A library tutor teaches an adult how to use the computer.

Feb 04, 2015

Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group shares preliminary findings from their IMLS-funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The STEM Challenge Is on the Road!
Kids playing with game pieces

Jan 30, 2015

A series of STEM Video Game Challenge workshops on game design kicked off at the Free Library of Philadelphia during Computer Science Education Week. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
LVCCLD

Jan 27, 2015

Van Whaley and his ten-year-old daughter Ivy talk about their favorite things to do at the Las Vegas-Clark County libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Yiddish Book Center
Yiddish Book Center interviewees

Jan 22, 2015

Amy S. Klein's father, Arthur S. Klein, recently passed away. Amy talks to Christa Whitney about her father's personal connection to the Yiddish Book Center, where Christa works and where Arthur started volunteering as a docent at age 82. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell
Susan Hildreth

Jan 15, 2015

During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries = Education: A Game-Changing Vision
Libraries = Ed Graphic

Jan 14, 2015

Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo of Ann Smith and Karen Linehan

Jan 13, 2015

Ann Smith and her daughter, Karen Linehan, reminisce about Karen's childhood, her love of nature from a young age, and how Ann fostered that love. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Demand-side Open Government Planning Model for Public Libraries
ualbany figure

Jan 09, 2015

A new report released by the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, explores the role that public libraries play in supporting open government. Read More

 
Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair
Students standing in front of a green screen

Jan 08, 2015

After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Museum Universe Data File: A New Release and Update on Progress

Dec 29, 2014

The newly released file incorporates feedback from the field and further refinements. Read More

 
Blog Post: Good News from Washington, D.C.

Dec 19, 2014

Three new developments in Washington, D.C. will impact the work of U.S. libraries and museums for months and years to come. Read More

 
Blog Post: Transforming the Landscape of Federal Financial Assistance

Dec 18, 2014

Today the Office of Management and Budget implements the new Uniform Guidance across Federal grantmaking agencies, allowing for feedback on the rule during a 60-day public comment period. Read More

 
Blog Post: Brand New Books Will Serve Kids in Need
Kyle with little girl holding a READ sticker

Dec 17, 2014

First Book provides free and low-cost books and educational resources to museums and libraries who serve children from low-income families. Read More

 
Blog Post: Wrapping Up a Year of State Library Interviews
A librarian leading a program for children.

Dec 17, 2014

The 2014 state library blog series painted a picture of Grants to States funding, which has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America for more than 50 years. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mystic Aquarium
From left to right: Madeline Meranda and Jeanne Long

Dec 16, 2014

Madeline Meranda talks to her former supervisor, Jeanne Long, about the summer of 2011 when Madeline worked as a volunteer docent. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Arkansas State Library
childrens services workshop 25 percent

Dec 15, 2014

With LSTA funds the Arkansas State Library will focus on reaching underserved audiences, providing continuing education for librarians, and supporting technology and broadband services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Supporting Literacy Tutors
Diagram of Tutor Ready services

Dec 09, 2014

Tutor Ready is a new online resource that offers support for literacy tutors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Dec 05, 2014

The 28th Annual American Evaluation Association conference covered a range of issues, from statistical methods to processes for making evaluation research more useful for program staff and policymakers.​ Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: Interview: Vermont Department of Libraries

Dec 03, 2014

For the next five years, the Vermont Department of Libraries will focus on improving citizen access to resources, and the department aims to establish a single shared statewide catalog. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Funding Available for Programs that Serve Disconnected Youth

Nov 26, 2014

Learn more at Performance Partnership Pilot webinar on December 1st. Read More

 
Blog Post: Operation AmeriCorps Competition Launches
Photo of Operation AmeriCorps document and stamp

Nov 24, 2014

The new grant competition will provide national service resources to solve tribal and community challenges.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries: Be a Part of our Brain Building Journey

Nov 21, 2014

Families and Work Institute is gathering information on early learning best practices and innovative approaches being used in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Colorado State Library

Nov 21, 2014

The state library is focusing on early literacy, including their “1,000 books by kindergarten” program. Read More

 
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection
Photos of North Carolina religious books.

Nov 18, 2014

The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nov 13, 2014

The new law has a focus on community-based partnerships and recognizes libraries’ role. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
From left to right: Donovan Spirey and Chip Leslie

Nov 13, 2014

Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
Blog Post: California Libraries Pay Tribute to Veterans

Nov 10, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a look at how the California State Library is serving its veteran community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Connecticut State Library  
Children holding a parachute and bouncing a ball

Nov 05, 2014

Looking forward, the state library will focus on addressing 21st century skills including the five literacies: basic information, civic, social, health, and financial. Read More

 
Blog Post: Storycorps Inverview: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Pictured from left to right: Patricia (Patti) Hulse and ShaQuana Boykin


ShaQuana Boykin talks about how working with the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) as a teenager helped her get through difficult times at school and at home. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Jersey State Library

Oct 31, 2014

The state library provides every library in New Jersey with reliable internet connections and free access to databases that support everyone from the kindergartener to the job seeker. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library
A child sits at a computer in a library

Oct 23, 2014

Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Libraries Can Be Catalysts for Community Transformation
Susan Hildreth

Oct 22, 2014

A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success. Read More

 
Blog Post: Improving Education for All Students with 3D Printing
3D Printing Chattanooga Public Library by Larry Miller CC

Oct 21, 2014

Benetech will use an IMLS grant to help students understand spatial and visual concepts with the use of 3D printing technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: For Employment Training and Assistance, Look to Your Local Library
A customer works with a Cuyahoga County Public Library “Cuyahoga Works” Career Counselor on polishing his resume. Credit: Roger Mastroianni


Libraries in communities across the country are providing job seekers with resources and assistance to help them find work. Read More

 
Blog Post: Garden to Table: The Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest
FLOTUSpeanutsmanykids


First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children and chefs for the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. Read More

 
Blog Post: October is Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month
Image of Art Beyond Sight pamphlets and flyers

Oct 17, 2014

Art Beyond Sight is raising awareness of accessibility to the arts for people who are blind or have low vision. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Library Excels at Serving Children with Autism
People from the Longmont group pose with their robot.

Oct 16, 2014

Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell visited the Colorado State Library and learned about how the library addresses the needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Nevada State Library and Archives
A child takes a photo of the program with his tablet.

Oct 07, 2014

Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school. Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing Up at the Library
Medasl2014 LVCCLD

Oct 07, 2014

Avree Walker talks about how his time spent at the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library inspired him to pursue a career in the performing arts. Read More

 
Blog Post: Sprouting Green Weeding Practices Web-Based Training
A woman sits at a table in a library working on a craft project.

Oct 06, 2014

Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Free 3D Printer From 3D Systems!

Oct 03, 2014

Museums and libraries that join the MakerLab Club and offer 3D printing and design programs may apply.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The POWRR of Digital Preservation

Oct 03, 2014

A new IMLS project will identify digital preservation solutions for institutions with fewer resources.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Nation’s Museums and Libraries Feed Minds and Bodies this Summer
Kids participating in summer programming with counselors.

Oct 01, 2014

In addition to addressing summer slide, museums and libraries can work with USDA to make sure kids do not go hungry during the summer months. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen STEM Learning Must Include Libraries and Museums
Susan Hildreth


Since 2013, IMLS has invested $23.6 million in STEM projects in libraries and museums Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Delaware Division of Libraries
The chart of library services by Dewey number based on community conversations.

Sep 25, 2014

To help plan the next five years of LSTA funding, the Delaware Division of Libraries launched “We Geek the Delaware Dream,” which included conversations with residents in six communities to explore how libraries can help them realize their passions and dreams. Read More

 
Blog Post: Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries & Archives (CCLA) Kicks Off with Inaugural Meeting in Boston

Sep 24, 2014

Professionals from many cultural institutions convened in Boston to discuss how crowdsourcing can benefit their fields. Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Sep 22, 2014

2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More

 
Blog Post: Getting Down to Business
First Lady Michelle Obama presents Chicago Public Library Commissioner and Community Member with the National Medal.

Sep 17, 2014

National Medal Winner the Chicago Public Library provided knowledge and resources to community member Chris Force to help kick start his business. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: South Dakota State Library
Participants in a workshop talking to each other.

Sep 15, 2014

In South Dakota, the state library is boosting information literacy and accessibility by strengthening programming, training librarians, and purchasing statewide databases. Read More

 
Blog Post: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors
A girl pictured with the InfoMe logo

Sep 11, 2014

InfoMe finds that youth express both satisfaction and stress as they use their tech skills as lifelines for others. Read More

 
Blog Post: Getting in Tune with Nutrition and Physical Activity
LMMG ObamaVisit

Sep 09, 2014

Join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, Let’s Move! Childcare, and Let’s Move! Faith and communities as we partner with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a webinar focusing on the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum.​ Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: “Growing” Up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sep 08, 2014

Discovering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at a young age has given Chidi Duke a passion for the environment, which he carried throughout his high school and college careers. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Louis Lafair
Louis Lafair

Sep 05, 2014

Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Louis Lafair and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: West Virginia Library Commission

Sep 03, 2014

The West Virginia Library Commission has taken a leadership role on continuing education and lifelong learning, especially through the development the statewide library network. Read More

 
Blog: Omeka Developer Connects Museum Data to Wikipedia with Surprising Results

Aug 29, 2014

Omeka Development Team Manager Patrick Murray-John Used IMLS’s Museum Universe Data File to create US Museums Explorer Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Birthday Bash Keeps Kids Fit
Kids jump roping


Staff at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated the museum’s 6th birthday by hosting a jump rope contest and making homemade pizzas with veggies from their summer garden. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Aline Dolinh
Photo of National Student Poet Aline Dolinh

Aug 25, 2014

Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Aline Dolinh and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Celebrating Champion Schools
Young explorers learn about building healthy lifestyles at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Cory Doman)

Aug 21, 2014

Let’s Move! Pittsburgh and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are partnering with local schools to promote healthy food choices and physical activity for students. Read More

 
Blog Post: Adults Celebrate Learning with Stories About Literacy
Sister Maria D

Aug 20, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries recently published the book “Celebrating the Journey,” a compilation of writings of adult learners who received instruction in reading and writing from their libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Integrating Libraries and Museums in State-Level Early Learning Strategies

Aug 19, 2014

Learn more about how IMLS is partnering with the BUILD Initiative to meet critical early learning needs​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Idaho Commission for Libraries

Aug 18, 2014

Libraries in Idaho are advancing libraries as community anchor institutions and preparing new generations for college and careers through early literacy efforts and by promoting digital proficiency. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Nathan Cummings
Nathan Cummings

Aug 15, 2014

Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Nathan Cummings and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Library Services Training in the Pacific Region
Pacific island grantees at a training workshop.

Aug 13, 2014

Pacific island grantees convened at a training workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss their projects with IMLS staff, share best practices, and obtain professional development training. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convenings Focus on Learning Spaces, STEM

Aug 12, 2014

IMLS hosted a series of strategic priority meetings designed to help inform future strategies, particularly for the National Leadership Grant program. Here are some takeaways from the convenings on learning spaces in libraries and STEM learning in libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Takes Different Approach on Childhood Obesity
Kids at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast climb the 10-foot carrot play structure, inspired by Spiffy’s Once Upon A Farm

Aug 11, 2014

In Florida, kids who visit the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast can climb on vegetable play structures and make their own pizzas with veggies from interactive gardens that teach children about nutrition and physical activity. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Michaela Coplen
Photo of Michaela Coplen

Aug 11, 2014

Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Michaela Coplen and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: CFPB Offers Free Materials and Other Resources for Libraries

Aug 08, 2014

Resources on financial literacy, such as print materials, program ideas, and web resources, are available to librarians from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Sojourner Ahebee
Sojourner Ahebee


Learn more about National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy
“Chantecler” theater still, 1911. From the Theater Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 48.367.65.

Aug 05, 2014

An IMLS grant to the Museum of the City of New York gives us a look into rare photographs of 20th century theatre production. Read More

 
Blog Post: FTC’s Pass It On Campaign Helps Seniors Protect Each Other from Scams and Fraud

Aug 04, 2014

Librarians use new FTC resources to raise awareness about identity theft, scams, fraud, and other financial threats. Read More

 
Blog Post: Kids Stay Active at The Strong Museum All Year Long
A girl in the organic farm exhibit holding an egg.

Aug 01, 2014

Yoga, hopscotch, and planning healthy menus were among the Let’s Move!-themed activities offered at The Strong museum, designed to keep kids healthy and active during the summer months. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Hampshire State Library

Jul 31, 2014

The New Hampshire State Library is aiming to make sure the state’s small libraries can offer the same level service as urban libraries by forming partnerships and sharing resources so that all citizens can access the information they need. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

Jul 22, 2014

The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
Blog Post: Congress Passes Legislation Recognizing Libraries in Workforce Development

Jul 16, 2014

Congress passes sweeping overhaul of nation’s workforce law. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 affirms the role of libraries in assisting the country’s job seekers and employers. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Jul 15, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maryland Division of Library Development and Services

Jul 14, 2014

The Maryland Division of Library Development and Services is working with community partners to address accessibility, STEM learning, and digital literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Surveying the Present
home to nearest library

Jul 11, 2014

Maria Raviele describes how she employs her training as an anthropological archaeologist almost daily as an evaluation officer at IMLS. Read More

 
Blog Post: Food for Thought: Fueling the Mind in Kentucky

Jul 09, 2014

The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives is addressing the need to keep students’ minds and bodies healthy with summer literacy and meal programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: Food, Glorious Food!
Student drawing of a fruit face mask

Jun 30, 2014

This summer the Bellefonte Art Museum will host a number of programs focusing on food, healthy eating, and the culinary arts. Read More

 
Blog Post: The National Student Poets Take New York (again!)

Jun 27, 2014

IMLS Director Hildreth met with the 2013 National Student Poets during their recent trip to New York for the Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibit. Hear what the teens had to say about their poetry events. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Adult Education Program Team Up on Digital Literacy
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin while attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Jun 26, 2014

IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin release joint letter describing partnership. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Nebraska Library Commission

Jun 25, 2014

Federal library funding will strengthen employment assistance, improve access to government information and help people use technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Celebrates Summer Learning Day
summer learning logo

Jun 20, 2014

Libraries and museums across the country offer fun family programs to keep children and teens learning in the summer. Read More

 
Blog Post: Making at the White House Maker Faire
A man makes pancakes with a pancake bot, a device that turns pancake batter into edible works of art.

Jun 18, 2014

First-ever White House Maker Faire brings people together to celebrate technology, tools, and tinkering. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maine State Library

Jun 17, 2014

Maine State Library officials discussed various partnerships, including some to improve technology access and STEM learning, which were strengthened during the previous LSTA five-year plan and continue as a focus in the new plan. Read More

 
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country
Actors on stage for the Penumbra Theatre production photo of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Jun 06, 2014

The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Wyoming State Library

Jun 03, 2014

The Wyoming State Library is using LSTA funds to address state residents’ needs to bridge physical and digital divides. Read More

 
Blog Post: Civic Hacking 2.0: IMLS Celebrates Civic Hacking
national day of civic hacking logo

May 30, 2014

IMLS will provide three datasets for civic hackers to use to help improve communities and the governments that serve them. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014

More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Florida Division of Library and Information Services

May 28, 2014

The Florida State Library is focusing LSTA funds on expanding broadband access, helping people find jobs, and connecting them to electronic government services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Archaeology and an Interdisciplinary Digital Age
An archaeologist mapping an excavation level during fieldwork.

May 27, 2014

Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods. Read More

 
Blog Post: Reach Higher at Your Museum or Library this Summer
Medals2014 Brooklyn

May 21, 2014

Kids are taking charge of their futures with library and museum programs that spark their ambitions and build skills Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014

Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Honored

May 05, 2014

The STEM Video Game Challenge demonstrates the power of video games to inspire learning and to foster a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to collaboration, problem solving, and systems thinking. IMLS congratulates the 2013 winners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at the IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband

May 05, 2014

The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Facility Extention Connects Past to Present
An aerial view of the new site.

May 16, 2013

A new wing of the Weeksville Heritage Center will allow for expanded programing while connecting to a permanent exhibit in the original structure. Read More